Caption Action 2: November 2012 Newsletter
This is the Caption Action 2 newsletter for November 2012.
This month's newsletter seems to be all about numbers. So here they are, from small to big:
1. That's you! We need you to push these targets to caption:
Ford, the car maker. Ford has a branded web series, "Escape My Life" which just posted its final episode. See it (or not) at http://www.youtube.com/user/fordescape?feature=watch. No captions. If you are on twitter you can tweet @fordescape.
We don't get it. Why do companies continue to produce web series without any captions? Don't they understand that deaf and hard of hearing people are consumers too? In fact, we have noticed advertisements for this series around the web. Do they seriously expect us to buy their cars when they are ignoring us?
Machinima and Syfy. They have a hot new web series, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome. (How hot? It was just released Friday, November 9, and already has over 950,000 views for the first episode.) It was actually supposed to be on television, but they released it as a web series instead. See it (or not) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT79x4qM4FE&feature=plcp. On twitter, tweet @Machinima_com AND @syfy. We have sent tweets to many media sites that reported on this web series to make them aware of the neglect of deaf and hard of hearing.
2. That's how many entries we have now published in a new blog serial, "Web Series You Aren't Watching," on the Caption Action 2 blog at captionaction2.blogspot.com. Each entry in the serial focuses on a different Yahoo web series that you can not watch due to lack of captions. Thus far, we have covered "Burning Love," and "Electric City." Even if Yahoo were to begin captioning, would they go back and caption the older content? We have already missed out on so much.
5. That's how many years deaf and hard of hearing people have been asking Yahoo for captions now. We came across proof of this on Yahoo's own website, and blogged it: http://captionaction2.blogspot.com/2012/11/it-has-been-five-years-already.html
6. That's how many web series we have added to the captioned web tv blog so far this November. Last month, it was 19. The most popular new program is a show called "Bloody Mary."
11. That's how many states are participating in the CCAC's "Show Us the Captions" thank-you movie theater campaign this month: http://ccacaptioning.org/show-captions-cinema-captioning-advocacy-november-2/.
Over 45! That's how many different countries have visited the Captioned Web TV site! You can see the list at the bottom of the captionedwebtv.blogspot.com page. We have now added a box on the right side that makes it easy to jump to that growing list.
140 or less. This is how many days we have until the next Internet captioning deadline of March 30, 2013 - live and near-live video.
300. That's how many web series producers we have contacted to ask for captions. It would be more, but we have busy lives.
1,800+! That's how many of you have signed the caption Yahoo petition. We need more! Yahoo has not responded to us. If each of you could recruit just one person to sign the petition, it would grow even more quickly. Just give family and friends the URL http://tinyurl.com/captionYahoo.